DorsetButtons

Dorset Buttons

Shaftesbury, England

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Announcement    I send all my orders (UK and overseas) by Royal Mail standard delivery which is not tracked but do offer an alternative to untracked postage which you can choose when you check out.

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Last updated on 03 Apr, 2021

I send all my orders (UK and overseas) by Royal Mail standard delivery which is not tracked but do offer an alternative to untracked postage which you can choose when you check out.

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£70.00

Anna McDowell

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Anna McDowell

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About DorsetButtons

Sales 3,712
On Etsy since 2012

Welcome to Henry's Buttons - for all you want to know about the heritage craft of Dorset Buttons

My interest in the Dorset Button industry was developed during my time as Chairman of two museums - Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden and Gold Hill Museum. Social history has always been an interest of mine and Dorset Buttons stemmed from this interest. Having read the available history on these small simple buttons, and seen them in museum collections, I realised how important they were in shaping the livelihoods of ordinary people living in East Dorset. This interest grew into a passion and I not only learnt how to make Dorset Buttons, but also researched their history and the impact of national events on this cottage industry.

I learnt the techniques of how to make the basic Dorset Cartwheel Button from a kit, and developed my skills with the help of a master Dorset Buttoner, Joan Nicholls. From this basic button, I have since managed the skills of making all four types of Dorset buttons:
1. High Top and Dorset Knob: the first Dorset Buttons and made with sheep’s horn, fabric and thread
2. Birdseye and Mite: using just fabric and thread.
3. Singleton: made with wire rings, fabric and thread.
4. Dorset Cartwheel and Blandford Crosswheel: using wire rings and thread.

My buttons have a variety of uses notably commissions for film work, including the recent “Far From the Madding Crowd” starring Carey Mulligan who wore them on many of her outfits. To provide authenticity to period costumes I work with Living History Groups, including Hampton Court Palace, where I made buttons of the re-enactors from the Georgian chocolate kitchen. I have also designed buttons for fashion designers and take individual commissions.

My aim is to keep this heritage craft alive into today’s environment. My Dorset Buttons are worked in the traditional way using contemporary materials and designs. I run workshops, give talks and presentations and participate in festivals and shows. I sell my buttons through the Cygnet Gallery, Shaftesbury, and supply rings, kits and instructions for making Dorset Buttons through my online shops at www.henrysbuttons.co.uk and Henry’s Buttons Etsy Shop.

Shop members

  • Anna McDowell

    Owner

    Start here for all you want to know about the heritage craft of Dorset Buttons. Henry's Buttons is based near Shaftesbury in Dorset, the birth-place of the Dorset Button industry in the 1600s. My aim is to help to keep this tradition alive.

Production partners

  • metal rings

    China

    Wholesale from China

  • Booklet and Greeting Card printers

    England, United Kingdom

    I use local printers to print my booklet and cards.

  • Hair Stick

    England, United Kingdom

    Wooden hair and shawl stick

  • Julia Hall

    Shaftesbury, England

    Julia is an experienced knitter and crochet and I use her for projects that are way beyond my capabilities.

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